“Keep swimming...” (I think i need an icon that says that.)
Photocopied a Spring 2001 Market Analysis report about SCMA. One question was “OK, let’s get whimsical. If the Museum were a car, what kind of car would it be?” So i’m posing it to you all. Will post the responses from the booklet in a few days.
If the Smith College Museum of Art were a car, what kind of car would it be?
Positive feedback on fic makes me happy. There are few pairings i feel incapable of (or at least, deeply uninterested in) writing. Apparently canon-pairings make up the bulk of this. Also, there are in fact obscure pairings i don’t wanna write.
People who are more in fandom than i am should talk to marginaliana about fiction about minor characters in HP and BtVS.
Internship places might want me after all. *insert phone interview terror here* I was actually getting psychically acclimated to the idea of having to be a retail bitch or just end up working part-time at the library and getting lots of reading and writing done. If you don’t try, you can’t fail, so the idea of just not trying was becoming terribly appealling, because then i didn’t have to worry about rejection or even effort. Wow, i am Jaye Tyler, with my expectation-free zone.
I really liked the ending of Daniel Oppenheimer’s article “Parallel Universe: The many worlds of Valley fandom” in the April 8-14, 2004 The Valley Advocate:
As I listened to Golden describe her worlds --- the real world of the game and the imagined world inside the game --- I began to understand what she finds so appealing about fandom. It’s the freedom it offers to take off the artifice we have to wrap ourselves in, like armor, when we enter the public realm.I had forgotten how the liberal media makes me twitch. Listening to the radio for the 20 minutes before mt. Reading other stuff in The Advocate. (Wow, Alan Bisbort calls Paul Krugman “the New York Times’ heroic columnist.”)
Most of us create private worlds, made up of family and close friends, in which we can live silly and unafraid. Fandom creates new and larger spaces --- modules --- to which people can attach their private worlds.
The great dream of fandom, that there could be a self-sufficient universe of free, unafraid and unselfconscious people, is, like all utopias, unrealizable. Politics always intrudes, armor is always necessary.
At its worst, fandom encourages people to forget this, and leaves them too exposed, too domesticated to the etiquette of fandom to function well in the wild. At its best, fandom allows people to doff their plate mail for a while, salve their wounds with a magical poultice and rejuvenate.
Hmm Do i skip UMass for the 3rd time this semester for Dean Spade? (hedy told me he was coming and then said “forget i mentioned it. he’s not your kind of queer.” Because clearly, i shelter myself from everyone whose politics are different from mine. P.S. Now “White Trash Anthem” is stuck in my head.)
Dean Spade, transactivist, lawyer, and cofounder
of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, will be
facilitating a workshop and lecture/movie
screening on April 13 in Seelye 110.
Spade focuses on low income trans people of
color, particularly in sex-segregated spaces
where low income people are overrepresented, such
as prisons, shelters, and juvenile correctional
Tuesday, April 13
*Economic Justice for Queer and Trans Activists
*Purpose: “to explore the operations of classism
and the consolidation of global capital in the
context of queer and trans culture and activism.”
*This will be a discussion space as how to
promote inclusion, even within privileged spaces
like that of Smith College.
Toilet Training Screening 7:30PM
*Following a lecture on general trans politics,
there will be a screening of the infamous
documentary on the importance of gender neutral
bathrooms in public space.
*As usual, we fill finish the night with Q&A.
for more info: http://www.srlp.org